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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Parcells not set on QB, has 5 to choose from

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posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 07:58 PM
IRVING, Texas (AP) Tucked away in Bill Parcells' golf bag are two drivers. The coach has even more options when picking a quarterback.

"If one of them isn't behaving, I want her to know that other one is right there," Parcells said, referring to his golf equipment not his passers. "If she gets paranoid, that's OK with me."

That's basically the same reason Parcells has five quarterbacks on the Dallas Cowboys roster. And he insists he's willing to play any of them.

Vinny Testaverde, the 40-year-old reunited with Parcells this week, took his first snaps with the Cowboys when they opened their minicamp Saturday. He was second-team behind incumbent starter Quincy Carter.

Still, Parcells made one thing clear.

"I'm going to go by what I see," Parcells said. "I'm rooting for them all. I just hope we have a good quarterback playing. So whoever plays the best is going to play."

Whether it be Carter, Testaverde, Drew Henson, Tony Romo or Chad Hutchinson.

Four of the quarterbacks are splitting the snaps this weekend, and Parcells said it would be equally. Hutchinson, the likely odd-man out, hasn't rejoined the team since his NFL Europe season was cut a game short by a shoulder injury.

Carter threw for 3,302 yards and 17 touchdowns (with 21 interceptions) last season when the Cowboys went 10-6 and got into the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

That didn't guarantee him the starting job this season, but gave him a head start.

"He certainly has a leg up on anybody here. He was the starting quarterback last year and he's going to get a fair chance to play," Parcells said. "Where it goes from there who knows."

Testaverde signed with the Cowboys because of the chance to compete for the starting job and his desire to play for Parcells. But the job wasn't handed to him, even though he was a Pro Bowl quarterback for Parcells when the New York Jets went to the AFC championship game in 1998.

Carter welcomes the competition from Testaverde and Henson, who quit professional baseball last fall to return to football.

"I definitely understand what I'm up against," Carter said. "I've got an older guy I'm going to have to fight off, and another younger guy who's looking to be a good quarterback in this league too. Competition is always good."

Last summer, Carter regained his starting job from Hutchinson, another former pro baseball player. Hutchinson started the final nine games for the Cowboys in 2002.

Testaverde has played 17 NFL seasons and is one of nine quarterbacks with more than 40,000 yards passing. He also knows what Parcells expects.

"He doesn't want a Hollywood- or celebrity-type of guy. That's not me," Testaverde said. "He's looking for a guy that is weatherproof, battle-hardened, a guy that's going to get the team in the end zone."

Henson and Romo, a second-year Cowboy, have never taken an NFL snap.

Parcells said it would be difficult to go to training camp next month with five quarterbacks. But he didn't say when and how he would cut that to four.

Back at practice Saturday was eight-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Larry Allen, who earlier in the offseason wasn't taking part in voluntary workouts and had been given permission to try finding a new team.

"He's here. He's working," Parcells said, adding that his relationship with Allen was the same as it had always been.

Allen clashed last season with Parcells over conditioning and other issues. He missed parts of four games last year with injuries but had another Pro Bowl season.


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posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 09:55 PM
i will have to go with Vinny cause of his experience.

posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 09:03 AM
They will porbably be going with Henson by the end of the season.

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